How Does Pregnancy Affect Our Teeth?
Many people know the saying that a woman “loses one tooth per pregnancy” but is this really true?
According to the ADA, this is NOT normal during pregnancy, however, it is possible to experience a slight looseness in the teeth due to an increase in progesterone and estrogen. These hormones can loosen the ligaments and supporting bone of the teeth, however, after the pregnancy is over, the areas typically go right back to normal and tighten back up. This is not the case however if there was a previous history of periodontal disease prior to pregnancy, in which case the bone does not regenerate. If there is an occurrence which requires dental treatment, the American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynocologists say that x-rays and any other treatment rendered necessary is completely safe for both the mother and the fetus. This is a relief for any mom who wants to get their last cleanings in before their baby is born!
And lastly, yes, our gums may bleed extraneously during the course of pregnancy, but this is also normal and has to do with the excess of hormones coursing through the body during pregnancy. Please keep in mind that these are basically guidelines, and every pregnancy is different, as is every patient in the dental office. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. A great website for information regarding this topic is available on http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy-slideshow which is a branch of the ADA.